Environment Canada

Environment Canada

February 11, 2010 12:25 ET

Mr. Willoughby Bolt to Pay $15,000 Penalty for Violating the Federal Fisheries Act

GRAND BANK, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - Feb. 11, 2010) - A Grand Bank, N.L. resident was ordered to pay a fine of $15,000 at a sentencing hearing in Newfoundland and Labrador provincial court in Grand Bank on February 8, 2010 for violating the federal Fisheries Act.

Willoughby Bolt pleaded guilty to violating section 36(3) of the Act by releasing diesel fuel, a substance deleterious to fish, into English Harbour East during the refuelling of a vessel on May 10, 2008. He also pleaded guilty to violating section 38 (4) of the Act by failing to report the diesel oil spill.

On May 10, 2008, Environment Canada was notified by the Canadian Coast Guard of a release of diesel fuel into the waters of English Harbour East from a tank in a pick-up truck at a wharf operated by Small Craft Harbours. Environment Canada launched an investigation into the incident, and subsequently laid charges against Bolt on July 30, 2009.

Environment Canada investigates offences under the pollution prevention provisions of the federal Fisheries Act and the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999. The Department ensures that businesses and individuals comply with these Acts which serve to protect Canada's environment.

(Egalement offert en francais)

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